About this time last year, my niggling concerns about the health of my little dog, Ama, were vindicated. I knew my girl and I knew the Finnish Spitz breed, so I knew there was something wrong. I think we should trust our instincts.
This past year has been very stressful. After a battery of tests and many vet visits, Ama was diagnosed with copper storage disease and inflammatory bowel disease. This has necessitated the use of some very potent medications which have nasty side-effects. Also, I’ve had to cook every single meal for her and do this three times a day!!!!! What? I can’t cook. I have learned to (1) cook, and (2) cook her food in bulk. It just goes to show that even we organisationally-challenged types can learn to be more efficient.
Personally, I think a possible allergy to chicken might be part of her problem. But what would I know. You may be interested to know — or maybe not, but I am going to tell you anyway because it has been weighing on my conscience — that her sole source of meat-based protein is New Zealand white fish, particularly ling. I apologise to my New Zealand readers, as Ama’s nutritional needs must be a significant contributor to over-fishing in NZ waters.
It is fortunate that I am retired, because I’m not sure how we would have provided the full-time care she requires. On the bright side, Ama’s care has meant that my True Love and I have not been roving far as is our usual practice, and therefore have got to know our local nature spots much better. This is a small but imperceptible win for the planet. On the other hand, I’ve not really had time to look after myself. Also, my house smells like a fishmongers.
The biggest upside is that, finally, I can report that if the extra barking and her renewed vigour are anything to go by, Ama is now doing exceedingly well. Thanks for asking. She has almost returned to her obnoxious, but winsome, self. So I am very happy. Very happy. Except when Ama walks on my face at daybreak because (in dog) “Tracy, Tracy, Tracy. It is tablet and breakfast time.”
So good news!